Yesterday I celebrated my 31st birthday. It was very low key (it was very hard not to type Loki) and I didn’t really do anything. My dad cooked dinner that I requested (venison), there was a pretty awesome Iron Man cookie cake that was devoured and my dress from ModCloth arrived. It fits perfectly and is really comfortable. The ruching is really flattering. If I’m being honest, when I was reading reviews I saw one that mentioned “you WILL be rocking cleavage” and with that, I bought it. Well, my parents bought it as a birthday present! I know the BFF has something on the way too. I broke her though and she told me what I should be expecting. She picked up this Hawkeye messenger bag that I’ve been wanting. I seriously saw it posted on Tumblr months ago but then it was never available. I noticed it was added to the shop again and put it on my Elfster list. She picked up these two buttons from House of Darkly as well. If you’re into awesome handmade nerdy or weird items, be sure to check it out. A friend runs it and she’s amazing. I wish I had 1% of her talent.
They will look great on my bag! That’s pretty much it. There was an amazing episode of “Arrow” which made my birthday pretty awesome. The writers of the show even wished me a Happy Birthday!
It’s the little things in life, right? Oh plus I had free lunch at Noodles & Company! Who doesn’t love free food? Honestly, birthdays start feeling like just any other day as we get older. That’s a little depressing isn’t it? Maybe this adorable Winter Soldier holding a cake will make you feel better. It was drawn by a friend!
Since “Hunger Games: Catching Fire” is burning up the box office, I figure I’d share some photos from their San Diego Comic-Con panel. The panel was very entertaining and it’s always a weird experience to see your favorite stars in person. I will say, I was probably most excited about seeing Lenny Kravitz. I remember a young girl telling Jennifer that she really enjoyed “Silver Linings Playbook” and J.Law was shocked the girl was allowed to see it. It was pretty adorable, as expected.
Yesterday I headed out with some friends to see the latest Hunger Games movie, Catching Fire. I loved the books and enjoyed the first movie and was excited to see how this would come together. I was interested to see how the new cast mixed with the old and I wasn’t disappointed.
I’ll admit, when Sam Claflin was cast as Finnick, I wasn’t feeling it. Like most, I just didn’t feel that he had the “look” of Finnick. I honestly didn’t have anyone in mind for the role though either. I’m happy to take back what he said. His acting really stood out and I can’t wait to see what he does with the character in the next two movies. You can tell his hiding something, hurting from something. Sam did a terrific job of bringing that across. Another new comer was Jena Malone who plays Johanna Mason. If you’re not sure which Tribute she is, she’s the one who strips down in the elevator in front of Katniss, Peeta, and Haymitch. I have to say, that scene was my favorite and a bit hilarious. The reactions from the other characters were priceless in their own ways. The new cast members did an amazing job in the arena scenes as well. Jeffrey Wright was an amazing BeeTee and the character was just how I had hoped. While Katniss and Peeta are the main characters, their stories can’t be told without the help and support of the other Tributes and the new additions were perfect. Well done casting department!
The funny thing is, even though I’ve read the books, I was still surprised and hit by emotions while watching the movie. The last scene shared by Katniss and Cinna broke my heart and Jennifer Lawrence nailed it. She nailed it hard. I can’t imagine having to see that and then go and fight for my life 10 seconds later. Another scene that pulled at my heart was one shared between Peeta and Katniss during the Jabberjay attack. Just thinking about it gets me a little teary eyed. I wanted him to be able to hold her and the fact that he couldn’t, ugh! It’s just funny how even though I know which characters make it and which don’t, I still find myself nervous and worried for them.
As soon as the movie ended, I wanted to be able to watch the next one. I can’t wait to see how the next two movies are handled. I honestly feel that Josh Hutcherson will be a bit of a breakout star in the next two, just knowing what his character goes through. I’m excited to see what he does with Brainwashed!Peeta! I can’t handle it! I’m already freaking out!
Did you see the movie over the weekend? What did you think?
I still can’t believe I was able to attend this. When tickets went on sale I wasn’t near a computer but because of amazing friends I was able to get in! Listening to this man talk, it was like attending a lecture but a good one. It still cracks me up that just the day before I saw him performing as Loki and then he was talking about living life to the fullest and speaking french. It’s a good thing I don’t want kids seeing how my ovaries exploded multiple times during this discussion! If you’re wondering, this took place during San Diego Comic-Con this summer. Zachary Levi (Chuck) puts together something called Nerd HQ where he asks some of his cool friends to come hang out with us normal people. You have to purchase tickets but all the money raised goes to Operation Smile.
If you want to watch the Nerd HQ panel/discussion you can do that here. I actually recommend checking out all the videos if you have the time. Oh and look! Loki and Fandral made up!
If you know me then you know I’m a True Crime buff. I love reading and watching everything I can about it. I honestly believe I’m on some sort of FBI Watchlist because of it. So, when I was at the comic book shop on Saturday and came across Green River Killer: A True Detective Story by Jeff Jensen I had to pick it up. The book was on my radar when it came out but I never got around to buying it. This book is different than most because well, it’s in comic book form and it’s written by the son of one of the Green River detectives. Here’s a little more information from Amazon:
Throughout the 1980s, the highest priority of Seattle-area police was the apprehension of the Green River Killer, the man responsible for the murders of dozens of women. But in 1990, with the body count numbering at least forty-eight, the case was put in the hands of a single detective, Tom Jensen. After twenty years, when the killer was finally captured with the help of DNA technology, Jensen and fellow detectives spent 188 days interviewing Gary Leon Ridgway in an effort to learn his most closely held secrets-an epic confrontation with evil that proved as disturbing and surreal as can be imagined. Written by Jensen’s own son, acclaimed entertainment journalist Jeff Jensen, Green River Killer: A True Detective Story presents the ultimate insider’s account of America’s most prolific serial killer. Green River Killer is bound to become a well-recognized member of the crime-genre graphic novel family, including titles like Darwyn Cooke’s The Hunter and Alan Moore’s From Hell.
If you’re someone who enjoys TC but maybe not some of the more graphic books out there, this one is perfect for you. They touch on the crimes a little but the main focus is on trying to catch him and what the police force went through to do it. The book goes back and forth between the past and the present but it wasn’t confusing at all. I’ve read books in the past that had issues on that front but this one nailed it. I can only imagine what it’s like to work on a case like this. How you can’t really talk about it with anyone. How it eats you up inside, especially a case that went on for so long. I think we’re all naive if we think these cases don’t take a toll on the health of those involved. These detectives worked day in and day out to try and solve this and had families to worry about as well. The fact that the Jensen family was able to stay strong throughout really shows how loving a family they are. I know it sounds weird to hear the word “loving” in a review about a serial killer book but like I said, this focuses more on Tom Jensen and his team than on Ridgway.
The art in the book is fantastic as well. I can’t talk about a graphic novel without talking about the graphics. The fact that everything was kept black and white really added to the mood and style of the book. I can’t imagine it being in color. Jonathan Case did an excellent job of portraying the different years and handled the aging of the characters well. Nothing was over done, just an added wrinkle here and less hair there. The way he handled the victims was done with care in my opinion. I think the choice of going black and white played a large role in that. It can be easy to cross a line when using color and comic books are no strangers to violence. You can tell he really put some thought into how he wanted everyone to be perceived, including those who lost their lives.
In the end, if you’re looking for a true crime book that’s a little different, from more of a first hand account, this is for you. I know it seems that more and more these books have become more graphic in their nature. I feel that you can tell a story about murder without being overly disturbing and this book does that. If you’re looking for another book that’s similiar to this, I recommend checking out My Friend Dahmer by Derf Backderf. It’s another first hand account that focuses more on the people and less on the crimes.
Have you checked this book out? If so, what did you think?